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Chambers USA Awards 2017

This year, the Chambers USA Awards ceremony and dinner were held on Thursday May 25th at Cipriani 42nd Street, New York.

The awards are based on our research for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and reflect a law firm’s pre-eminence in key practice areas. They also reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

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NOMINATIONS AND WINNERS

Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession

Joseph Warin

The winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession Award, Joseph Warin of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, has long been considered a true titan of the FCPA and securities enforcement arenas. A former Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC, his clients are quick to commend his "terrific judgement and bedside manner," acknowledging him as "a fantastic strategist" and "a trusted advisor for both senior in-house counsel and business leaders." He has successfully defended high-profile clients facing some of the country's most sensitive and complex government investigations, and is considered by his market peers to be “an indefatigable lawyer” and “a tireless advocate with immense credibility.”

Lifetime Achievement

Franci Blassberg

The recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award, Franci Blassberg of Debevoise & Plimpton, is widely recognised as "one of the deans of the private equity legal community." Over the course of her distinguished career, she has guided a whole raft of high-profile private equity clients through their most significant transactions with enormous success, and was the first female corporate partner at the firm. She is credited as a truly inspirational figure for the future generation of legal professionals: She is a keen promoter of women in the legal profession and is a founder of BigLaw Coaches, an organization dedicated to the mentoring of young lawyers.

Antitrust

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Hausfeld LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Winner: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary continues to offer one of the country's preeminent antitrust practices, and has enjoyed another superb year in this space. The practice comprises a deep bench of practitioners who are routinely called upon to handle merger clearances for the most eye-catching corporate transactions, as well as providing representation in the highest stakes antitrust litigation.

Bankruptcy

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Winner: Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis is a leading light in the bankruptcy and restructuring arena. It fields top-tier practices in New York and Chicago and is equally adept at representing creditors and debtors. Its wealth of experience allows it to handle matters such as complex Chapter 11 cases with consummate ease.

Construction

Jones Day
Moye, O’Brien, Pickert & Dillon, LLP
Peckar & Abramson, P.C.
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino

Winner: Jones Day

Jones Day earns our Construction award following an impressive year which has cemented its position as a leading player in the market. The firm's performance on the West Coast has seen it move to the forefront of our California rankings, while its East Coast team has continued to act in connection with major projects across the US and abroad.

Corporate Crime & Gov’t Investigations

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Winner: Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell is repeatedly labelled a first choice for financial institutions facing complex regulatory compliance concerns and enforcement actions. Its handling of large-scale investigations into areas such as money laundering, securities fraud and insider trading draws high praise, as does its expert management of cross-border proceedings involving global regulatory regimes.

Corporate/M&A

Baker Botts LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Fenwick & West LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Winner: Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

This exceptional team maintains its position at the forefront of the M&A legal market. Its strong bench of lawyers are renowned for their capabilities in the most complex of transactions and are the first port of call for many in both domestic and international deals.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Baker McKenzie
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Winner: Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From its headquarters in New York, Davis Polk continues to be a prominent name in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation space. The highly respected team is particularly noted for its representation of major corporations and financial institutions, and is adept at handling the full spectrum of issues.

Energy/Projects: Oil & Gas

Baker Botts LLP
Bracewell LLP
Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP

Winner: Baker Botts LLP

This highly esteemed oil and gas practice excels across transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. Baker Botts is noted for its expert representation of developers and producers on major downstream assets and is a go-to practice on matters including LNG sale and purchase agreements and export terminal and regasification facilities development.

Energy/Projects: Power

Balch & Bingham LLP
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Foley & Lardner LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP

Winner: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

A much-admired energy and projects group, Orrick is equally adept in renewables and conventional power mandates. The team is noted for its superior transactional strengths, including M&A and joint ventures, and in addition to its development and financing of power assets, continues to be lauded for its substantial regulatory expertise.

Environment

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Beveridge & Diamond PC
Bracewell LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
Hunton & Williams LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Sidley Austin LLP

Winner: Hunton & Williams LLP

A preeminent practice in the environment space, Hunton & Williams is highly esteemed for its outstanding litigation capabilities. The group maintains a fine track record for its work on behalf of utilities and major energy industry players and possesses noteworthy expertise across air, water, waste and climate change matters.

Finance

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Winner: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher's preeminent finance practice offers both impressive breadth of expertise and a deep bench across the US. It attracts leading financial institutions with its handling of lender-side transactions such as major syndicated acquisition financings, drawing on impressive capital markets capabilities. It also serves as a go-to for global corporates on the borrower side, as well as maintaining an elite private equity practice.

Finance Client Service Award

Winner: Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Clients are quick to highlight the “fantastic job” done by Debevoise & Plimpton's experienced finance practitioners. Impressive cross-border strength, leveraged finance capabilities and private equity expertise go hand-in-hand with the “incredible service” offered, leading to one source stating: “The product they deliver is better than any other out there.”

Healthcare

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
Dentons
Hogan Lovells
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Polsinelli PC
Ropes & Gray LLP

Winner: McDermott Will & Emery LLP

As the healthcare sector navigates ever-complex regulatory waters, McDermott Will & Emery continues to stand out for its invaluable depth of expertise. Longstanding dedication to the space contributes to the leading nationwide capabilities it displays across transactions, regulatory compliance and disputes, while its versatility sees it remain at the cutting edge of industry concerns.

Insurance

Clyde & Co LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
McKool Smith
Reed Smith LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Winners: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (Insurer) and Covington & Burling LLP (Policyholder)

Insurer:

Willkie Farr & Gallagher continues to be the first port of call for many of the world's largest insurance companies to handle the full range of transactional and regulatory needs. With deep expertise spanning the life and health industries as well as specialty lines, the firm is well-placed to act on major domestic and international mandates.

Policyholder:

Covington & Burlington has firmly established itself at the forefront of the market for handling many of the country's most complex insurance disputes on behalf of policyholders. Its insurance team possesses an enviable track record in securing successful multimillion-dollar recovery claims for blue-chip clients against major insurers.

Intellectual Property (Including Patent, Copyright & Trademark)

Cooley LLP
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Jones Day
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Sutton McAughan Deaver, PLLC

Winner: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson Dunn commands an excellent reputation in the IP arena and comes highly recommended for its enormous strengths in patent litigation and post-grant proceedings. The group possesses notably wide-ranging industry sector expertise and is a first choice for many blue-chip clients in the pharmaceutical, media, technology and software spaces.

International Trade

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Baker McKenzie
Covington & Burling LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
White & Case LLP

Winner: Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin is a highly respected outfit that offers impressive capabilities in CFIUS, customs, export controls, economic sanctions, trade remedies and policy matters. The team stands out for its notable client base and is an exceptional choice for corporations and national governments facing complex trade issues and disputes.

Investment Funds

Cooley LLP
Dechert LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Winner: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Clients have been fulsome in their praise of Willkie Farr & Gallagher's performance in the Investment Funds sphere of late. The team has impressed observers in both the Hedge Funds and Private Equity Fund Formation areas, and has particularly excelled in the Registered Funds space.

Investment Funds Client Service Award

Winner: Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray's attorneys “truly are go-to lawyers” in the funds space, according to clients. The group is highlighted for its “high quality” and “incredibly thoughtful” advice, “market savvy” and “very experienced bench,” with clients commenting that it is "all that you would hope for from a top-class law firm."

Labor & Employment

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Jones Day
Littler Mendelson, PC
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Winner: Jones Day

This dominant practice is much lauded for its groundbreaking victories on behalf of high-profile clients. The group excels across the full spectrum of labor and employment matters and is noted for its assured handling of complex mandates, including discrimination and wage and hour class actions, whistleblower disputes and ADA claims.

Labor & Employment Client Service Award

Winner: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis's Labor & Employment group wins our Client Service award after receiving hugely impressive levels of approval from some of the world's most recognizable corporate clients. Interviewees regularly cited the firm's client-oriented culture and the consistency of its quality across offices. In the words of one commentator, Morgan Lewis goes “above and beyond.”

Privacy & Data Security

Baker & Hostetler LLP
Cooley LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Hogan Lovells
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Venable LLP

Winner: Hogan Lovells

Esteemed firm Hogan Lovells has extensive capabilities across a range of privacy and data security concerns. The practice houses experienced attorneys who are well placed to handle issues relating to healthcare privacy and cybersecurity with aplomb, while also offering strength in areas such as media and retail.

Product Liability

Faegre Baker Daniels
Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Tucker Ellis

Winner: Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith's highly respected product liability practice brings together expert trial capabilities and strong life sciences industry expertise, guaranteeing its frequent involvement in high-stakes class actions and multidistrict litigation. Its expansive presence across the USA attracts an impressive breadth of leading pharmaceuticals, as well as automotive and retail giants.

Product Liability Client Service Award

Winner: Kirkland & Ellis LLP

The team at Kirkland and Ellis impresses interviewees with their ability to “do an excellent job” in product liability matters and “manage all the pieces effectively” in complex, multifaceted disputes. Its impressive client roster appreciates the “truly outstanding analytical ability” the firm exhibits in high-stakes multidistrict litigation and class actions.

Real Estate

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Greenberg Traurig, PA
Holland & Knight LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Winner: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Unrivalled nationwide strength sees Greenberg Traurig retain its position as a leading real estate practice in the US, while its well-established presence on the global stage is evidenced by multiple cross-border deals. The breadth demonstrated by the high-performing team spans major developments, dispositions and land use matters, as well as finance and environmental work.

Securities and Financial Services Regulation

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
King & Spalding LLP
Murphy & McGonigle, P.C.
Sidley Austin LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
WilmerHale

Winner: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden has enjoyed a hugely impressive year in the financial services regulation space, continuing to provide globally recognizable institutions with cutting-edge advice across the banking and consumer finance arenas. The firm has continued to excel in the transactional space in an increasingly competitive market, and remains at the forefront of developments across the sector.

Tax

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Winner: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

The Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Tax practice has gone from strength to strength of late, and has deservedly entered the top tier of our New York and Nationwide Corporate & Finance rankings. Powering this success is a widely admired team of attorneys which has handled some of the year's most impressive mandates with considerable aplomb.

Litigation: Business Trial Lawyers (individuals)

Philip S. Beck - Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
Dane H. Butswinkas - Williams & Connolly LLP
James F. Hurst - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
W. Mark Lanier - The Lanier Law Firm
Randy M. Mastro - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Robert A. Van Nest - Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP
Beth A. Wilkinson - Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz

Winner: Randy M. Mastro - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Courtrooms across the US provide the perfect platform for Randy Mastro's first-class advocacy skills. His versatile litigation practice sees him regularly retained by industry giants and high-profile individuals to tackle their thorniest disputes, whether they involve environmental issues, allegations of securities fraud or commercial contracts. Mastro co-chairs Gibson Dunn's litigation practice.

Litigation: White Collar Crime & Gov't Investigations (individuals)

Cristina C. Arguedas - Arguedas, Cassman & Headley, LLP
Steven M. Bauer - Latham & Watkins LLP
George S. Canellos - Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
David Gerger - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Daniel M. Gitner - Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP
Mark J. MacDougall – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Mark Rochon - Miller & Chevalier Chartered
Reid H. Weingarten - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Winner: Mark Rochon - Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Leading white-collar litigator Mark Rochon attracts high acclaim for his defense of clients in trial and appellate cases across the US. Major institutions frequently turn to him when facing multijurisdictional investigations and high-stakes enforcement actions, particularly those requiring his extensive insight into the FCPA. He serves as chair of Miller & Chevalier's litigation department.